It was a birthday to remember for Jordan Holroyd who produced a miracle shot on his last hole of the inaugural MacKenzie Challenge to win a trip to the Masters in 2022.
Holroyd made it a memorable 30th birthday when he holed a wedge from 130 yards on Horsforth Golf Club's par five closing hole for an eagle.That saw Holroyd and his partner Jake Dunbar, 25, finish with a tally of 47 points in the better ball stableford event.
But their score was equalled minutes later by James Procter and Mark Lennox from Abbeydale Golf Club in Sheffield, who were playing immediately behind Holroyd and Dunbar.
That led to a dramatic sudden death “chip-off” from 80 yards over the newly installed pond on Horsforth’s 18th hole to play for a trip for the winning pair to the Masters in 2022, donated by SGH Sporting Events who created the event.
With both shots to count as a combined distance from the pin to a green surrounded by spectators it was a high-pressure challenge, and Holroyd made a good start by leaving his shot just over 26’ from the pin. His partner then hit a superb pitch which kissed the hole as it ran 15’ by.
When Lennox hit his chip into the pond incurring a 20’ penalty the pressure was on his 3- handicap partner Procter who hit a sublime shot to 5’ meaning Lennox had to get within 5’ with his second attempt. He hit the green but well outside the required distance leaving Holroyd and Dunbar to wildly celebrate their victory.
And how fitting that they are members of Normanton Golf Club, the West Yorkshire town where Augusta golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie was born.
Now they will have the chance to see arguably his most famous design in the flesh in what promises to be a trip of a lifetime.
Holroyd said: “This is a dream come true. It has always been my ambition to go to the Masters. What a fantastic prize. I can’t thank SGH, Welcome to Yorkshire and and Horsforth Golf Club enough.”
“I just can’t wait “added Dunbar. “It hasn’t sunk it yet that we are going to watch the Masters. Jordan played great today and what a way to celebrate his birthday.”
Holroyd said “We were following the leader board on the Golf Genius App and I knew James and Mark were going well and pushing us and that we needed something special on the last . When my wedge shot screwed back into the hole I went wild.
“I might get my wedge framed and it will probably be going to bed with me tonight. The missus has no chance. “
Launched to celebrate the works of legendary golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie who designed 26 courses in his native Yorkshire, the event was run in association with Welcome to Yorkshire who partnered with Leeds based SGH Sporting Events last year to stage the first Ian Woosnam Senior Invitational at Ilkley Golf Club where the event returns in September. Their chosen charity Yorkshire Cancer Research also benefitted from the day.
Left to right : Jordan Holroyd and Jake Dunbar line up with James Procter and Mark Lennox before the dramatic "chip- off"